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Proviso Probe

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

GOV, Westchester hires Storino, Ramello and Durkin [W]

Largely at the behest of Village President Paul Gattuso Westchester hired Storino, Ramello and Durkin to reprsent the village. The former attorney was moved to the role of village prosecutor. See Westchester Herald (David Pollard).

Pollard does a noteworthy job connecting the dots.
Storino, Ramello and Durkin and Westchester Park District have ties as well. Richard Pellegrino is counsel to the firm and is the attorney for Westchester Park District.

Pellegrino is also the mayor of Indian Head Park, where Steve Busa is the finance director. Busa is also the president of Westchester Park District.

When asked if this arrangement is a little too close for comfort, Gattuso said no. He said the law firm is a good firm and that's why he recommended them for appointment.

Gattuso dodges the obvious. There are plenty of good firms in the Chicago area that don't raise conflict-of-interst issues.
Westchester Trustee Rick Fox has comments on Westchester Public Affairs.
Mr. Gattuso chose the law firm Storino, Romello & Durkin out of Rosemont to represent the village.

While I have heard nothing negative about this firm, my comment to Mr. Gattuso during discussion of his selection was that he should get presentations from several municipal law firms to ensure the village was getting the best firm and the best price.

Mr. Gattuso chose not to do so.

As far as why this was done, I can only speculate.

What I know is that Mr. Gattuso relies heavily on the advice of the Westchester Park Board for council. The Park Board's attorney is Rich Pelligrino. Rich Pellegrino is the Village President of Indian Head Park. Park Board President Steve Busa is Indian Head Park's Treasurer. Mr. Pellegrino is listed on Storino, Romello & Durkin's website as one of their attorneys.

Further, Mr. Gattuso has said a number of times that he relies on other Proviso Township mayors for advice. Don Storino of SR&D has a son with the same name who is village manager in Forest Park. [UPDATE: Mike Sturino has a similar sounding, but different name than Donald Storino, although Forest Park does have Storino, Ramello and Durkin as counsel.]

Mr. Gattuso has said he feels comfortable with this firm as our village attorney and I have no doubt they'll do a fine job.

My question before the appointment was official and my question now remains - why didn't we follow a similar process for selecting a village attorney as we did for selecting a village manager and a new fire chief, i.e., interview more than one candidate?

12 Comments:

  • FP's village manager is Mike StUrino not StOrino.

    By Anonymous Forest Park Citizen, at 12:33 PM, August 16, 2006  

  • Thanks, somehow I missed that sentence.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 12:42 PM, August 16, 2006  

  • What do expect from Paulie"Hot Dogs" Gattuso ? Everyone in Westchester knows he makes no big decision. The persons who run our beatiful town ever since Mayor Sinde passed away, has been the Luciano family! Angelo"the weasal" Luciano is the patriarch of the Family, and has been atrustee for over 25 years.During his reign he always wanted to beat Sinde, but could'nt because The weasal Luciano,was just that a weasal only interested in advancing and making money for himself. He thus also got his nephew,Dominic"the dunce" into the Park board along with Bussa, and they have sat there for 25 years as well, running the park board like there own fiefdom! Once Sinde resigned, they both wanted to run for Mayor,but they knew they could,nt win,so they handpicked Paulie"Hotdogs"Gattuso, who won the popularity contest, and Paulie who only cares about his hot dog stand, has allowed Angelo and Dom to run day to day things in town! Also Paulie "hotdogs" also takes orders from Angelo and Dominck Luciano's best friend,Don "Trailer Park" Sloan. Sloan brings with him,years of political experience in dirty tricks,scams anmd voter fraud, and absentee fraud votes of seniors! Sloan also has brought in the help of Melrose Park,with Serpico and maywood politics into Westchester!
    Sloan and Luciano's are best of friends, cutting deals and giving themselves gifts from the town of Westchester! Under Angelo and Dominic and Sloan, they tried to close down a restuarant of a political opponent of Melrose Park Mayor Serpico! Luciano had promised Serpicvo he would get the job done for him, but Angelo and Sloan and Dominic, have yet to finish off the job,eventhough they have hurt the bussiness! Also Sloan, while Sinde was Mayuor tried with Angelo and Dominc Luciano,tried unsuccessfully to get the previous Mayor,Sinde to run with a handpicked Black canididate from Eugene Moore to run as trustee.Sinde stood up to these bullies, who threatened Sinde!
    Also Paulie Hotdogs recently named two park board members to the police board,one being Dominc Luciano, who then approved of promoting Dominc's son to Detective, even though he does not have the experience, and also because his hiring was deemed by many as a Favor to Angelo and Dominc, by Mayor Sinde in the past, because the kid,nickname is Midget, could qualify for the force, but Sloan,and the Luciano's fixed the paper work! Watch the Midget Luciano become Police Chief in a few years,while Paulie hotdogs stuffs his face!
    Paulie is not capable of being Mayor, and the Luciano's should instead run for Mayor or Sloan should run, because everyone knows in Westchester that the true Mayor is Angelo Luciano,along with Dominc and Sloan, Paulie is just a coverboy!
    Hey Paulie Hotdogs, be careful stuffing your face! Your town is going down the tubes, you have no schools system, and Sloan and the Luciano's ,and Serpico and Moore are bad friends to have! I guess you should tell that to Sloan and the Luciano's but your probably afraid they might slap you,and kick you like they do all the time!

    By Anonymous Paulie Hotdogs tell Angelo it looks bad, at 12:46 PM, August 16, 2006  

  • The Mayor of Westchester appears to be cut out of the same mold as Serpico, Moore and Pascale! His comment "I feel confortable with them" and the appearance of conflict of Intrest with the Park Board, really makes one have to agree that Gattuso is not the mayor, but a puppet for Luciano and Busa and Sloan!

    By Anonymous Appearances are everything, at 10:53 AM, August 17, 2006  

  • Paulie Hotdogs tell Angelo it looks bad said...
    When you want to trash a family have the facts, straight, moron (R.K.) It's obvious who you are and why you hate the Luciano's. What gives you the right to start bashing the son of Luciano? Get your facts straight too idiot. Dominic Luciano is NOT on the Police and Fire Commission. So when you want to make a statement get the facts straight. Otherwise keep your big mouth shut.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:10 PM, August 18, 2006  

  • The Luciano family is equivalent to the Roti family in Chicago. For over twenty years they have swindled Westchester taxpayers to pay for there shenanigans. Angelo is now unofficially the Mayor and his nephew Dominic is the acting Mayor. His other nephew almost won for Township supervisor, and his great nephew made the Westchester police force, by being bumped up the list from 56 to number 1, and now has been made detective within four years, and next move is police chief!
    Luciano's are very close to Melrose Park and they even placed a westchester resident astownship trustee,who by the way gets all the overtime pay in the westchester water department,even though he is never there and is always drunk and goofying around!
    Luciano, along with Bruno, the westchester trustee for the township, and Melrose Park were planning to put an adult entertainment area in Westchester on Mannheim Rd. , the Mayor Paul Gattuso was for it, but other westchester trustte stopped it.
    These guys are ruthless and now that they have there attorney to represent them, watch there every moves.They allready have contracts at 209 and in there own village!

    By Anonymous Luciano's run Westchester, at 8:23 PM, August 19, 2006  

  • Luciano's run Westchester said...

    You better watch it pal, with all the lawyers on the Luciano's side and all the political pull that you say they have looks like slander charges could be lurking around the corner. Watch what you say and whom you say it about!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:03 PM, August 19, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:37 PM, August 20, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:45 AM, August 22, 2006  

  • Forest Park Citizen....thanks for showing that what people read on here and in the papers is NOT ALWAYS THE TRUTH...the names arent even spelled the same and they are trying to link them together...these people are real pieces of work...they need a life.

    By Blogger whatacrapload, at 9:47 AM, August 22, 2006  

  • The difference between Proviso Probe and the current Village of Forest Park leadership is that when I make a mistake, I admit it.

    When was the last time Mayor Calderone or Mike Sturino admitted a mistake?

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 1:47 PM, August 22, 2006  

  • When more than one person posts under "anonymous" it gets confusing. I ask posters to use pseudonyms and delete posts under "anonymous". This makes the discussions easier to comprehend.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 1:53 PM, August 22, 2006  

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